85 families have been displaced for the last 40-odd days, largely because government help hasn't been forthcoming, reports the Godadaka VDC.
Many of the displaced wake up every day at dawn to go to Siligudi Municipality to look for help. Some even carry their infant children with them.
Tularam Luhar says, "Because it's so cold, many children are sick and have been tossing and turning all night."
Taradevi Luhar adds, "We're about to die of cold and hunger."
But their pleas have gone largely unheard. "People from the municipality gave us Rs 2000-4000 and told us to forget our problems," says Sher Bahadur Luhar.
Doti district has so far received five million from the government, but the Dalit families have only received Rs 2000-4000 and 25 kilos of rice, which they claim is insufficient.